Walking Holidays in Europe
We have carefully hand-picked for our walking holidays in Europe such locations that provide a range of exceptional natural diversity within a relatively compact geographical region.
When Peter Duncan took up a friend’s invitation to make his first visit to the Balkans, he was faced with an abundance of surprises. He happily admits: “Whilst I had visited many other regions of the world, this was a part of Europe, almost on my doorstep, which I knew so little about”.
Through the years we naturally expanded to the South and East – but still mainland Europe remains a special place for us.
The Basque coast is green, wild and steep, with old forests, stunning cliffs, beautiful beaches and estuaries. Enjoy this self guided walking holiday along the Basque coast from the rural tranquillity of the fishermen’s villages to the lively city of Bilbao. Take in the nature, culture and gastronomy of the Basque Country.
Walk the last 100 km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago de Compostela – the minimum required to earn your Compostela. This final section of the walk takes you through the region of Galicia in Northern Spain to Santiago for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever.
Starting in Porto, you will follow the ancient pilgrim trails to Santiago de Compostela for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever. The Camino Portugués route is relatively flat and easy to navigate and it is a great alternative to the French Camino. Spend unforgettable two weeks walking through stunning countryside, passing by numerous small villages and historic sites.
The Coastal Way (Caminho da Costa) is a quieter but equally impressive alternative route to the traditional central way of the Portuguese Camino. Starting from beautiful Porto, you will follow the rugged Atlantic coastline and the sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, and stay in tiny fishing villages.
If the Skye Trail is too demanding for you, this itinerary provides a great alternative to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Skye at a more leisurely pace. This itinerary takes in some of the best hiking areas and sights of the Isle of Skye. Being based in Broadford and Portree, you will have a choice of walks for each day.
The Skye Trail is an unofficial long distance route across the stunning landscapes of the Isle of Skye, famous for its spectacular scenery, fascinating nature and rich history. This itinerary is very demanding but rewarding; it covers most of the length of Skye and passes through the best hiking areas of the island.
The West Highland Way is Scotland’s most popular long distance walking route. It stretches 96 miles (154 km) from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in some of the best scenery in Scotland. Enjoy some moderate walking along the beautiful Loch Lomond and through a highland landscape across Rannoch Moo to reach the town of Fort William.
The Southern Upland Way is Scotland’s only official coast to coast long distance footpath. It runs 212 miles (340 km) from Portpatrick on the south west coast to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. The Southern Upland Way West from Portpatrick to Moffat takes 10 days (9 overnights) to complete.
The Southern Upland Way is Scotland’s only official coast to coast long distance footpath. It runs 212 miles (340 km) from Portpatrick on the south west coast to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. Still undiscovered by many outside of the UK, it will take you through a variety of scenery and give you a tremendous sense of achievement on completion.
The Southern Upland Way is Scotland’s only official coast to coast long distance footpath. It runs 212 miles (340 km) from Portpatrick on the south west coast to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. The Southern Upland Way East from Moffat to Cockburnspath takes 7 nights (8 days) to complete.
Spend four days of walking in the national park of Lovcen, then descend to beautiful Perast, enjoying amazing views of the Bay of Kotor. After two overnights at a beautiful seaside hotel overlooking the Bay of Kotor, move to Dubrvonik and spend the next five days exploring the Dubrovnik coast and the islands of Mljet and Sipan.
Take in two days of guided hikes in Meteora and walk among the gigantic monolithic pillars and rock monasteries to enjoy some truly breathtaking views. Then move to Pindos with its winding trails and stone bridges, finishing with a walk through the beautiful Vikos Gorge. Retreat every evening in elegant stone mansions in the villages along route.
The Italian lakes of Como and Lugano will enchant you with the beauty of an entrancing landscape of water and mountains fused together in perfect harmony. This walking holiday in Lombardy will take you away from the crowded holiday centres on trails going through forested valleys, mountain tops and traditional villages still preserving their unique character.
While quite popular among locals, located just 65 km from Vienna, the Vienna Alps are still a hidden gem for foreigners. You will follow a well developed network of hiking paths which cross these easily accessible mountains of magical beauty. Overnights are spent in quality 3+ and 4-star hotels, some of them with spa facilities.
Explore on foot two of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Naxos and Santorini. Naxos will enchant you with its traditional villages and cobbled paths passing through ancient olive groves. Santorini, an island shaped by a dramatic volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, is famous for its amazing seascapes and whitewashed houses.
Explore the beauty of Austria’s Lake District, where dramatic mountains plunge into sparkling blue glacial lakes, creating fjord-like landscapes. Salzkammergut lies to the east of Salzburg, the city of Mozart, in the shadow of the Dachstein Summit (2,995 m).
The Rob Roy Way retraces many of the places central to the life the famous outlaw Rob Roy, known as the Scottish Robin Hood. Starting in Drymen near Loch Lomond, the trail weaves alongside rivers and lochs until reaching the town of Pitlochry. The Scottish Highlands provide a wonderful backdrop, making this one of Scotland’s most beautiful trails.
The Great Glen Way is a 75-mile (120 km) scenic walk that follows Scotland’s famous Great Glen valley from Fort William to Inverness, passing by the beautiful Loch Ness. The recently opened ‘high route’ offers fantastic views of the Highlands and down to the lochs. And be sure to keep a watchful eye out for the Loch Ness Monster!
Walking in Wachau Wine Country from Krems to Melk, you will take in secluded wine-producing villages with pastel-coloured houses scattered among rolling hills clad with vineyards, wild forests and apricot orchards. You will discover an enchanting river landscape, lush vineyards and countless cultural sites. The wines of the Wachau Valley will delight and surprise you.
On the Classic Zugspitze Circuit in Style you will start from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and make a full loop around the base of Germany’s highest mountain, following panoramic trails through beautiful scenery and traditional Alpine towns and villages. The walks are easy to moderate, up to five hours per day. Accommodation is in exclusive 4-star hotels with spa facilities.